ATHENS – For a second time, Olympiakos has put a hurting on a Spanish team in Euroleague basketball play, routing visiting Unicaja Malaga 73-55, a week after bumping off Laboral Kutxa, and going to 3-2 in the standings in its group as it tries to rebound from poor play in Greece’s domestic league.
The impressive win came despite an off night from captain and star shooter Vassilis Spanoulis, who scored only two points with one basket in 15 attempts, far off his usual dead-eye form. It was left to Giorgos Printzeis and and Bryant Dunston, out of Queens, N.Y. and Fordham.
The teams were tied 17-17 after before Olympiakos took a six point lead, 37-31 at the half and then began to run away with it in the third period, putting down the Big D on the Spaniards, limiting them to only 10 points, to lead 55-41.
That was too big for Malaga to overcome in the final 10 minutes, especially with Dunston bombing away from three-point land, hitting five in a row, to finish with 16 points, six rebounds and his forte, blocking shots, swatting away two of them. He is still Fordham’s all-time rejections leader.
While Olympiakos was regaining its style, the Greek team Panionios dropped its fourth straight in Euroleague play, falling to Red Star Belgrade, 78-66 and found itself eliminated with a fourth straight loss.